This content area addresses drugs that affect the musculoskeletal system. Medications used to treat pain and inflammation will be discussed first, with particular emphasis on analgesic and anti-inflammatory applications seen routinely in physical rehabilitation. Drugs used to control skeletal muscle hyperexcitability and treat muscle spasms and spasticity will then be addressed. Implications of general anesthetics and local anesthetics are discussed, focusing on their use in surgical, postsurgical, and other clinical situations. This content area concludes with a summary of how specific medications can help improve function and reduce disability in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
Credits: .4 CEU (4 contact hours/CCUs)